In 2015 the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe started a series of illustrated portraits to present some European screenwriters. Let us introduce you to several accomplished screenwriters from several countries in Europe. The films and TV series they wrote have been successful at national and international level.Illustrations by Titwane
Agnes Pluch is an Austrian screenwriter. She has written many feature length films for television and cinema including Die Auslöschung for which she got the Thomas Pluch Preis and Ikarus which won the Max Ophüls Award for Best Script. She has also collaborated on several German-Austrian TV series.
Among Nicola Guaglianone’s nineteen credits as writer are television series, films such as Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (They call me Jeeg), a big success in Italy, and Indivisibili (Indivisible) for which he won a David di Donatello for best original screenplay.
He has recently worked on Suburra, the first Netflix production in Italy.
Camilla Ahlgren is best known as a writer of the TV series Bron (The Bridge) but is also writer on Gåsmamman with Martin Asphaug, based on the Dutch Series Penoza. She is in development as head writer with Störst av Allt (Quicksand), from the novel by Malin Persson Giolito, for Netflix in Sweden.
Jean van de Velde
Jean van de Velde’s twenty-five writing credits include two Golden Calf awards (Netherlands Film Festival) for best script Lek (Leak – 2000) and Bram Fischer (An Act Of Defiance – 2017).
He has also written extensively for television, including the Emmy Award Winner Drama All Stars (2000).
Sanne Nuyens & Bert van Dael
Sanne Nuyens and Bert van Dael are Belgian screenwriters. Together they wrote several awarded short films. They recently co-created and wrote Hotel Beau Séjour, a ten part crime series that was picked up by Arte and Netflix. The series won the audience award at Séries Mania Festival in France.
Adam Price is the head writer on Borgen which had three series of ten one-hour episode each.
The show sold to more than thirty countries and won a Prix Italia, BAFTA and Monte Carlo TV festival awards.
His new series Ride Upon The Storm, which centers on religion, has already two seasons. It is co-produced by DR-TV, ARTE and SAM Productions and has already been sold in many countries.
He won the FSE European Screenwriters Award (2015).
Anne Landois was the showrunner on the first six seasons of Engrenages (Spiral). The seven seasons of the series, produced by Canal+, have been screened since 2005.
Engrenages has been sold to more than seventy countries and was awarded an International Emmy award. Prior to Engrenages she had written episodes of a number of series and many TV movies. She is now developping three new series within her own production company, Sortilèges Productions.
Anne Landois is the recipient of the Second
FSE European Screenwriters Award (2017).
Caroline Link’s third feature film Nirgendwo in Afrika
(Nowhere in Africa, 2001), which she adapted from the autobiographical novel by Stefanie Zweig and shot
on location in Kenya, received the Academy Award for
Best Foreign Language Film as well as five German Film
Prizes (Deutscher Filmpreis), including Best Feature Film.
Her first film Jenseits der Stille (Beyond Silence, 1996),
a portrait of a family with deaf parents, was nominated
for the Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film.
John Fay has been an essential and consistent voice on British television for many years with his work on iconic series such as Brookside (for which he wrote 54 episodes), Coronation Street (where he was lead writer and wrote 94 episodes — with one episode having an audience in excess of nineteen million viewers), Torchwood and Clocking Off. In 2005 he received the BAFTA Award for Best Continuing Drama.
With his own series, The Mill, he brought an essential but overlooked period of British history to life in a searing and emotive way. An empathetic TV writer who truly understands his medium, he has highlighted issues of injustice to workers and the origins of trade unionism in a highly accessible way.
Sergio G. Sánchez
Sergio G. Sánchez’s first feature film script was for The Orphanage for which he won Best Original Screenplay at the 2008 Goya Awards in Spain.
He was nominated again for his screenplays Fin and The Impossible in 2012 (which made over 180 million euros worldwide, making it one of Spain’s highest grossing films ever at that time). In 2017 he wrote and directed The Secret of Marrowbone, a psychological horror movie.
Netflix has asked him to create and direct Alma, the streaming giant’s fifth original scripted series in Spain (to be released in 2020).